Neither right- nor left-wing, First Man plants its flag in a troubling ambivalence

It’s kind of hard to believe that First Man has been in theaters for less than a week. Hasn’t the controversy surrounding this movie been raging for a small eternity? Damien Chazelle’s biodrama about Neil Armstrong, the late astronaut and American icon, has already inspired an entire awards season’s worth of hot-take…

Blade Runner 2049 production diary reveals boring alternate title and other fun facts

Blade Runner 2049 was clearly a big, complicated project, if only because we’ve heard a lot about the different iterations it went through and the details that were changed late in production. We already heard that it was originally four hours long, though that version was never meant for the public, and now Collider has…

The star and director of La La Land reunite for First Man’s spectacular trip to the moon 

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“Why do you think space travel is important?” a NASA bigwig asks Neil Armstrong during the biggest job interview of his life. It’s all about a change in perspective, the future astronaut replies—about finding a new way to see the world, and maybe everything else, too. First Man, Damien Chazelle’s grippingly…

Ryan Gosling and Robert Pattinson blast off into two very different outer space movies

There’s an escalator at the Scotiabank Theatre, the venue where just about all of the TIFF press and industry screenings are held, that’s notorious for breaking down. It goes several stories up at a steep angle, like the long slope of a particularly extreme rollercoaster, and its habit of grinding to a halt (of…

How are people supposed to jerk off to First Man if they won't show him sticking his flag in the moon?

Damien Chazelle’s First Man—the Neil Armstrong biopic that sees Ryan Gosling giving a pensive, internal take on the man history books have since immortalized as Ol’ One Giant Leap-o—had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival this week, drawing strong praise for Chazelle’s direction, and the lead performances…

Today in trailer happy hour: Angry astronauts, horny dragons, and a very chilly Keanu

Welcome back to Trailer Happy Hour, where the film promos and teasers glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate, destined to be lost in time, like tears in the rain. (Time to click.) Today, we’ve got Damien Chazelle trying to eke drama out of one of the most notable success stories in all of human history, some…

Could Blade Runner 2049 have used a little more grit to go with its epic awe?

After 35 years of science-fiction movies only inspired by—or blatantly derivative of—Ridley Scott’s landmark dystopian noir, they finally made another Blade Runner: a nearly three-hour, big-budget art movie masquerading as a blockbuster, starring Ryan Gosling as a new era’s robot-hunting answer to Harrison Ford (who…

Here is exactly what Ryan Gosling’s face looks like after being punched by Harrison Ford

Perhaps sensing that there needed to be some good in this world, the news cycle continues to reach out for and surface any possible information about the moment when legendary Hollywood hardass Harrison Ford punched Ryan Gosling right in the face during the filming of Blade Runner 2049. We have, at this point, gone…

Blade Runner 2049 creates gorgeously languid spectacle from our memories of a classic

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Blade Runner 2049 begins on a farm in broad daylight. It’s what you would call a dramatic change of scenery. Before now—which is to say, for the decades it took Hollywood to get this long-awaited sequel off the ground—Blade Runner was basically synonymous with nighttime and the city. Though set in a sleek, bleak…

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